Recruit ‘conned work’
Bank believed worker was on national service
A bank worker tried to con his employer into paying him more than six months’ salary without having to work, a court has heard.
The Emirati, aged 30, is alleged to have finished national service after three months in March of last year - but tried to convince the bank he worked for that he was enrolled until September.
National service recruits are entitled to collect their existing salary while in the armed forces.
The defendant is accused of forging official documents and fraudulently obtaining Dhs157,343 from his employer.
He denied the charges at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday.
Prosecutors said the man served from December 21, 2014 until March 12, 2015, after which he would have been due to return to work.
However, they said he came across a document belonging to a friend who wasn’t due to be discharged until September 24, 2015.
A prosecutor said the bank worker took a snap of the letter on his smartphone and doctored it to convince his employers.
He said: “After he took the picture, he uploaded the photo on his laptop and changed the infor- mation, by deleting his friend’s name and putting in his name.
“He also changed the number of the Emirates ID and put his ID number, before making a copy of the forged letter and sending it to the bank.”
It was not until months after the Dhs157,343 was paid out that the bank realised the alleged deception. The court was not told what the employee did in his six months away from work, but he was caught in October, 2015.
Prosecutors said the worker admitted the fraud during the investigation - but he denied this in court.
The trial was adjourned until later this month, when the court will hear from his defence lawyer.
DUTY: Emirati men aged 18 to 30 are required to serve the country’s armed forces